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Nextel Partners Expands GPS Navigation Services Through Televigation Partnership
KIRKLAND, Wash.--June 2, 2004--Nextel Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq:NXTP), the exclusive provider of Nextel digital wireless communications services in the mid-sized and rural markets it serves, announced the availability of TeleNav(R), a mobile-phone based GPS navigation service powered by Televigation, to its customers. TeleNav significantly expands location-based services offered by Nextel Partners, which joins Nextel Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:NXTL) to become the only wireless carriers to offer a GPS navigation service.
TeleNav provides affordable, real-time visual and audio GPS driving directions to guide subscribers to their destination. Using a built-in or attached GPS receiver and a Nextel phone, TeleNav determines the driver's location and computes the most direct route to a desired location. TeleNav users can enter their destination for anywhere in the continental U.S. on the Nextel Nationwide Network and receive up-to-the-minute guidance through voice automation, including the distance to upcoming turns.
"This is another example of the added efficiency and value Nextel Partners provides to consumers and businesses with increasingly mobile lifestyles," said Nextel Partners' Chairman, CEO and President, John Chapple. "Our continually evolving line of differentiated products and services is what sets Nextel apart from other carriers."
In addition to the GPS-enabled navigation system, benefits of the TeleNav system include the ability to locate the nearest gas station or other business, automatic re-routing should a turn be missed, and full-color maps. Because it is attached to the phone, Nextel Partners' subscribers can take their TeleNav system with them, whether they are out hiking, or riding in someone else's car.
"Due to the high cost of in-car GPS navigation systems, many consumers have shied away from purchasing this useful navigation tool," said Televigation's CEO and President, HP Jin. "Televigation and Nextel have dramatically reduced the cost of these systems by integrating them into cellular phones. Now it is possible for any driver to reach their destination across the country in an efficient, easy-to-use and safe manner."
The new service extends location-enhanced wireless services currently offered to Nextel Partners customers, including the ability for companies with mobile workers, such as those in the service and transportation trades, to track the location, speed and number of stops made by their fleets, schedule maintenance reports, and enable two-way messaging between dispatchers and mobile workers with Nextel Internet-capable phones.
For more information on the TeleNav service, Nextel Partners customers can visit their local retail store or nearest authorized Nextel dealer, or call 1-800-NEXTEL9.
Nextel Partners, Inc., (Nasdaq:NXTP), based in Kirkland, Wash., has the exclusive right to provide digital wireless communications services using the Nextel brand name in mid-sized and rural markets in 31 states where approximately 53 million people reside. Nextel Partners offers its customers the same fully integrated, digital wireless communications services available from Nextel Communications (Nextel), including Nationwide Direct Connect(SM), cellular voice, cellular wireless Internet access and short messaging, all in a single wireless phone. Nextel Partners customers can seamlessly access these services anywhere on Nextel's or Nextel Partners' all-digital wireless network, which currently covers 295 of the top 300 U.S. markets. To learn more about Nextel Partners, visit www.nextelpartners.com.
Televigation is a provider of wireless motion-based services, which include GPS navigation and tracking. Televigation's technology can deliver voice-interface, feature-rich motion-based services over standard mobile phones and other wireless devices. The company's flagship product, TeleNav, is a navigation service similar to the GPS systems found in luxury vehicles, but integrated into mobile phones, costing a fraction of the price. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at www.telenav.net.
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